The Last Circus Reviews

May 14, 2017
We live in times where the sensationalism of the provocateurs is more thoroughly accepted in suitable contexts. A movie this grim owes us the courtesy of a steady hand.
February 2, 2012
This strange film involving four clowns and an acrobat sounds like the setup for a joke, but it turns out not to be very funny.
November 26, 2011
Unhinged black comedy that serves, for better or worse, as a heavy-handed allegory of Franco's Spain.
September 30, 2011
From the far-too-teeming brain of Spanish writer/director Alex de la Iglesia, The Last Circus is a bizarre, surreal, grotesque, fascinating, demanding, disappointing and ultimately exhausting political allegory that plays like a waking nightmare.
September 8, 2011
There's a lusty depravity in play here, and a wild verve informs the film, but it's not particularly coherent, and after time the sloppiness of the technique wears you down more than the little perks of audacity manage to lift you.
August 24, 2011
You're left with the vague recollection of an interesting movie you were watching before you got kidnapped and subjected to over an hour of torture porn starring a fat, sadistic clown.
August 19, 2011
The emotional aberration and physical disfigurement, the violence different in feel from the US crew-cut variety, the revenge, the bursts of sick humor, do not meld well here.
August 11, 2011
There are moments of great, caustic humor and delirious melodrama throughout The Last Circus. But as a whole, the film lacks the consistency, sorrow, and tremendous imagination of Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth